Rotary and USO Military  Lounge Partnership
Sign for the USO Lounge in the La Crosse Airport.
Thanks to all who attended the USO Military Lounge Open House last Friday.  The USO Lounge at the La Crosse Regional Airport served around 38,000 troops this year and Rotary Club of La Crosse members got a chance to see  how their donations help.

The USO Lounge offers services to military members to let them relax before their flight. It includes a book exchange, movie library, gaming system, comfort foods, wifi and an area to relax during the stresses of travel. The USO is fully stocked by donations and staffed by volunteers.

If you’d like to volunteer you can sign up by going to



PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE:  27 September 2018
When I started my first meeting as your Club’s President, I went out of my way to talk about the importance of diversity.  In fact, the very first item on that first day’s agenda was the reading of a children’s book titled “The Crayon Box that Talked.” Diversity is one of the many themes embedded within the story.  The secondary theme of that same meeting was membership.  Being the smart Rotarian that you are, I know that you were able to make the connection between diversity and membership and my goals for the year.
As a white, Christian male with an advanced degree from college, you probably wouldn’t guess that I have lived in a country where I experienced the life of a minority.  In fact, the official percentage of citizens in that country who were Christian was 0%, there was not a single official Christian church of any denomination, and my looks made it obvious that I was foreigner.  This experience helped me to learn empathy and gave me some limited insight into what life as a minority might be like. 
So how does this personal story relate to diversity?  What I have found is that we have to put in effort if we want to increase our diversity.  For example, last week, many groups, including our own, scheduled events on Yom Kippur.  This most holy day for the Jewish faith is overlooked by many.  In contrast, not too many people schedule meetings on Christmas Day.  Early on in my career, I learned that if you bring up a problem, you should also present a solution.  So, here is my simple solution to start our Club on the path of becoming a little more diverse.
My concept begins with a simple technological fix.  If you use an electronic calendar, add in religious holidays.  For years, I have had the official holidays of the United States downloaded on my electronic calendar.  However, this list does not include many religious holidays.  After a quick ‘Google’ search, I learned that religious holidays from the Christian, Jewish, Islamic, etc. can be downloaded too.  In other words, these holidays will be reflected on your calendar exactly like the 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Labor Day, etc.  Obviously, there is more we can do after taking this initial step.
Do yourself a favor and go ahead and add these relevant calendars to your electronic calendar today.  If you use an old fashioned paper calendar, the most significant religious holidays are probably already included, but you should still check.  This simple exercise has the potential to save you some future embarrassment.   I use Microsoft Outlook and the attached image (you may need to magnify the picture) shows how simple this is.  If you need help, please let me know.  (As an aside, the background picture is of my boys in their Naval Sea Cadet Uniform.  If you have children or grandchildren, you should look into this on their behalf.  It is an amazing program.)
Changing topics, last week I had you read Bill Hoel’s District 6250 newsletter instead of viewing a short video.  This week I continue the short reading selection in order to complement this week’s message on diversity.  This link takes you to a brief history on Yom Kippur as told by the History Channel. 
The educational video that I am recommending this week is a TED talk titled ‘How to speak up for yourself’ by Adam Galinsky.  This video is 15 minutes long.
As a reminder, one of the reasons that I am including these links is that if you happen to be sitting with a table of Rotarians that you don’t know, but you have all experienced the same content, then the table will have a common experience with which someone can utilize in order to start a conversation.  Second, these links can be interesting, educational, funny, and/or address many topics and issues that are relevant to our lives.
Finally, invite someone to our Club’s meeting this week.  We have money set aside to cover the cost of your guests’ meals.
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Active Membershi

New Member: Jamie Schloegel

Honorary Members

Deceased: Rollie Solberg

Associate Membership is a program to recruit younger members, millennials, to membership.  Associate Membership is available to anyone who is proposed for membership who is 35 years of age or less.  Associate membership will end when that member reaches the age of 38. They would pay for dues and $100 for meals per quarter no matter how many meetings they attend that quarter.

Corporate Membership is a program to allow multiple employees of a business Rotary participation under one primary membership. Each corporate membership is limited to a three-year term. After the three-year corporate membership term, the individuals are required to become individual members. View Corporate Membership Policy.

Family Membership is a program to allow a second individual Rotary participation under one primary membership.  View Family Membership Policy.

Honorary Membership  is offered to members who have distinguished themselves by meritorious service in the furtherance of Rotary ideals. View Honorary Membership Policy.

Excused Membership is offered to members if the aggregate of the member’s years of age and years of membership in one or more clubs is 85 years or more, the member has been a member of one or more clubs for at least 20 years, and the member has notified the club's secretary in writing of the member’s desire to be excused from attendance  and the board has approved.  Excused Members will pay the quarterly dues and only for meals when they attend a meeting.

Membership Proposals....we will no longer ask for three references when you propose a new member.  This was a criteria that our club had set not RI.  This will help us process new members into our club more efficiently.  You can access the membership proposal form online, under the Club Information site page.



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WELCOME TO ROTARY NEWS WHEEL 2018-09-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 24, 2018

Next Meeting
Radisson Center

Sept 27th

Braised Beef
Mashed Potatoes
Glazed Vegetables


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 Happy Birthday
Bruce Norgaard - Sept 23
Roz Schnick - Sept 23
David Amborn - Sept 25
Brad Reinhart - Sept 25
Sheila Riley - Sept 25
Tim Johnson - Sept 28
Ashley Skoczynski - Sept 28

Happy Wedding  Anniversary
Anna (Bradon) Prinsen - Sept 24
Rob (Kim) Riutzel - Sept 28
Ingrid (Al) McCallson - Sept 29

Happy Rotary Anniversary
Val Schute - Sept 27 - 39 years
Brian Mlsna - Sept 29 - 2 years


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The Rotary International Convention is scheduled for June 1-5, 2019 in Hamburg, Germany.  
Registration and convention housing materials are available at
If you are considering attending it is recommended that you get registered and book your accommodations while in Hamburg.  The tour elements will be inclusive of travel and hotels while on those tours.  Club members who attended the Toronto convention, the Restels, Hoels, Dickinsons, Tami Woods and Roz Schnick would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
HOW TO GET HELP: If you have flood/rain damage or know somebody who does, please have them contact one of these area Rotary clubs immediately. We want to be as efficient and quick as we can be in getting financial help to where it is supposed to go. Thanks.  Also report your damage to 211 because if damage isn't reported the government won't know and the help funding will be less for the budget for the area.
HOW TO GET HELP: Proceeds from the Fight the Flood effort will be distributed through the Rotary Works Foundation, and flooding victims can apply for funding through their local Rotary Clubs. Here is the contact information for clubs in the western Wisconsin counties hit hard by flooding:
VERNON COUNTY: 608-619-0011;
CRAWFORD COUNTY: 608-412-3110;
MONROE COUNTY: 608-633-0627;
RICHLAND COUNTY: 847-274-9063;
If you would still like to make a donation....mail your check to
Rotary Works Foundation- Flood Relief
PO Box 1571,
La Crosse WI  54602-1571
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Program Chair for July 2018 - June 2019
September - Marcie Wycoff-Horn
October - Jamie O'Neill
November - Miranda Terbeest
December - Grant Golson
February - Bonnie Steidl
If you would like to volunteer for Rotarians in the News,  be a greeter,  a hospitality greeter, raffle ticket seller,  scrip seller or announce guests, you can email the Monthly Duty Roster Coordinator that are listed above....just click on their name.  If you would like to give your classification talk please contact Program Committee Chair Andy Bakkum.


Rotary Club of La Crosse
P.O. Box 1914, La Crosse, WI  54602-1914
608-526-4491 (Phone and Fax)

Lyn Sheffer, Administrator

Nick Passee, Secretary

Earlamae Dahlby
Attendance and Make-up Coordinator


The La Crosse Brain Game
P.O. Box 384, La Crosse, WI  54602-0384
Jeanne Meyer, Administrator


Rotary Works Foundation
P.O. Box 1571, La Crosse, WI  54602-1571

Scott Herdeman, Administrator


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Attention All Enthusiastic Rotarians...One Rotary Summit will be coming to La Crosse on Thursday, October 11th.  Why attend?  A much-used description of Rotary these days is “Join Leaders, Exchange Ideas, Take Action”.  Well, this is a chance to help lead your club in some fashion, by joining leaders, hearing ideas from other clubs, and taking them back to your own club.  In the process, you may well help another Rotary club by explaining how your club does something that they find interesting.  In short, this is not a chance to sit on your rear and listen to speaker after speaker.  It’s a chance to talk with others in a structured session, and then rotate to two more similar sessions with different people.  At the end of the session, we will have about a half hour to “shop” as you review many ideas from other tables you might not have heard, but you can read them off posters, and if necessary get a quick explanation, and take them back to your club.    Register today! 
October 11, 2018 - LaCrosse
Time 5:00 - 8:00 pm
La Crosse Public Library, lower level auditorium
800 Main Street, La Crosse WI
Parking in lot on south side of library
Rotary Contact for Event: Assistant DG Patt Boge
No Fee - Registration Deadline September 29th
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We have received the Presidential Citation two years in a row!  Clubs that are strong and making a positive difference in our communities achieve goals related to Rotary's three strategic priorities: to support and strengthen clubs, focus and increase humanitarian service and enhance Rotary's public image and awareness.  Last year's Rotary Citation recognized clubs that completed activities that support these priorities.   Presidential Theme and Citation for 2017-18 - goals that we achieved.
We began a new year, July 1, 2018 and we will work towards achieving the Presidential Citation for 2018-19.   Be The Inspiration Presidential Theme and Citation for 2018-19 - goals.
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This week at Rotary Chuck Hanson and Lee Rasch will update us on the final plans for our "Growing Hearts Across the World" Centennial Project.
Why members are supporting this project....
I support Growing Hearts Across the World because making a public and meaningful connection with a country who does not have a big voice or presence shows that we care about all people here in La Crosse. It speaks to the very essence of Rotary in a way that many people will experience.  Eva Marie Restel
I support "Growing Hearts Across the World" combines support for the arts, promotion of our community, education about our sister city in Cameroon, a celebration of 100 years of local Rotary service, and on-the-ground support for the children of Kumbo. - Catherine Kolkmeier
I gave to the Growing Hearts Across the World Campaign for two reasons. The first is because I love how it publically promotes the acceptance of cultural diversity in our community. And secondly, this project has local and international impact which perfectly aligns with Rotary and its causes.  Jodi Widuch
I support Growing Hearts Across the World because it tics so many boxes: contributing to the physical beauty of La Crosse while teaching about and honoring the culture of far away friends, working on a project that is collaborative—providing fellowship and unifying our area Rotary clubs, dramatically improving the education of Cameroon children….and showing anyone watching that many hands do, indeed, make light work.  Sue Durtsche
I support Growing Hearts Across the World as a tribute to Sister Mark.  Sister Mark was at our club meeting last year where she was presented with a Paul Harris award.  Her work at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Shisong, in Cameroon has made a huge difference in the dental care and procedures the people in her town and the surrounding area are able to receive. When I told her of the plan to add Cameroon to our international garden she was overjoyed at the prospect. Sister Mark is an inspiration to me and many other people whose lives she has touched.   Kathryn Sexauer 
Centennial Project Fundraiser - Growing Hearts Across the World.
Message from the Fundraising Committee: Lee Rasch, Kerstin Boudreau, Kenna Christians, Sue Durtsche, Mary Ann Gschwind, Chuck Hanson, Kathryn Sexauer, Mike Swenson, Jodi Widuch, Todd Restel, Katie Berkedal and Catherine Kolkmeier.

As you know, we are celebrating 100 years of Rotary service to our region with the Growing Hearts Across the World campaign. The campaign will culminate with the completion of the Cameroon Garden in Riverside Park in the summer of 2019. The Garden will honor the rich cultural traditions of Cameroon and provide a wonderful gathering place overlooking the area where the the “Three Rivers” meet. Most importantly, it will serve as a model for community and international service for the upcoming generations of Rotarians.

To date, we have received excellent support from Rotarians. But we have not yet heard from all of you. The next phase of the Growing Hearts Across the World campaign will be to the Seven Rivers Region community. It is very important to be able to state to the community at large that Rotarians are fully committed to Growing Hearts Across the World. Indeed, there is no better message than to state...every Rotarian in our Club contributed. We have asked members to consider a $100 contribution pledge for up to two years. However, your contribution at any level will count.   Please complete a pledge card and include with your payment.

Please turn in your pledge cards and contributions to Earlamae Dahlby or send your contribution to Lyn Sheffer at P.O. Box 1914, La Crosse, WI 54602-1914.


One hundred years of service by Rotary has had a profound impact on the lives of many in our region and throughout the world. Come join us in celebrating this service...and help set the stage for generations of Rotarians in the years to come.

We have dedicated a page on our web site for our Centennial year to keep members updated on our project.  Click here to view.
If you would like more information, please contact Lee Rasch.
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District 6250 2018-19
District Governor Bill Hoel
Congrats to Rotarian Bill Hoel our new 2018-19 District Governor.  Click here to view his bio on the District 6250 web site.  Our District Web Site has a lot of information to keep you in the loop of what is happening in our District. 
District 6250 2018-19
Assistant Governor Patt Boge
Rotarian Patt Boge is one of the District 6250 Assistant Governors. She will oversee Group 3 in our District that includes the following Rotary Clubs: La Crosse Valley View, Holmen, Onalaska, Onalaska Hilltoppers and Sparta.
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Rotary International 2018-19
President Barry Rassin
Rotary International President Barry Rassin's theme this year is BE THE INSPIRATION.  "We need to focus on larger projects that have a more lasting impact, taking the time to research and plan work that spans Rotary years and terms of office.  Most important of all, we need to BE THE INSPIRATION for positive change, inspiring our clubs, and communities, and our organization to face today's challenges head on, with courage, optimism, and creativity.
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Rotarians are welcomed to attend Rotary Meetings wheeever they travel.  Rotarian Thomas Behrenbeck has been attending the Jakarta - Shangri-La Rotary Meetings.  See photos from meetings he attended.


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